Diane’s narrative portrayals of life have garnered accolades including the Eloise Klein Healy Award, bestowed by Los Angeles’ first poet laureate, twice being the recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Writer’s First Award, and being lauded at prestigious film festivals in Canada and Europe. Most recently, her comedic feature screenplay earned semi-finalist placement in the 2018 Creative World Awards and the Diverse Voices 2018 competition, while also ranking in the top 15% of The Academy’s 2018 Nicholl Fellowship screenplays.
In 2008, Diane released her first novel as one of The Seedpod Collective‘s flagship titles. Birthday Girl was inspired by headline-making stories of children in captivity and has earned praise as “a book to get lost in” and “a compelling narrative of beguiling naiveté.”
A passion for studying society and human behaviour combined with an innate talent for pattern recognition affords Diane the uncommon abilities needed to unravel puzzles of all kinds, including the one of our own humanity. It brings her immense joy to do so as do culinary adventuring, wildlife spotting, and immersing herself in art and architecture. Diane lives and works with her partner in life, director Jeff Renfroe.